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Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council
7th-12th grade Chautauqua County School teenagers are invited to join forces with other teens and scientists across the United States as part of “National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM” (NDAFW). The week-long health observance, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both part of the National Institutes of Health, takes place Monday, January 25th through Sunday, January 31st. NDAFW celebrates the inquisitive minds of teens by giving them a space (virtual or physical) to ask questions about drugs and alcohol and to get scientific answers from experts. As part of the NDAFW celebration, students are invited to participate by completing a Trivia Questionnaire sheet on alcohol and other drug facts. Every day that week, there will be 6 participants’ names drawn and these winners will win a gift card to a store near you. So there will be 30 winners announced during that week!
About a third of high school seniors across the country report using an illicit drug sometime in the past year, and more than ten percent report non-medical use of a narcotic painkiller. While drugs can put a teenager’s health and life in jeopardy, many teens are not aware of the risks. Even for those teens who do not abuse drugs, many have friends or family who do, and they are often looking for ways to help them.
“We want teens to have the opportunity to learn what science has taught us about drug abuse, alcohol, and addiction,” said Patricia Munson, Executive Director of CASAC. There are so many myths about drugs and alcohol cluttering our popular culture. National Drug & Alcohol Facts WeekSM is for teens to get honest answers about drugs so they can make good, informed decisions for themselves and share accurate information with friends.
All health teachers in Chautauqua County will be receiving a copy of the Trivia Questionnaire. All completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to our office at 716-664-3661, or dropped off to our Jamestown or Dunkirk Office. You can also retrieve the trivia questionnaire by going on CASAC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CASACweb.org/?ref=hl. For any questions please call the Dunkirk Office at 716-366-4623.
CASAC’s Mission is to build a safer, healthier community by effectively addressing alcohol, other drugs and related high-risk behaviors through Advocacy, Hope, and Awareness. Since 1974, CASAC, a United Way Community Partner, has provided prevention education and community awareness regarding alcohol and other drugs. CASAC is the only New York State Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) approved and supported alcohol and other drug prevention agency in Chautauqua County. For further information about CASAC programs and services, call the Jamestown office at 664-3608, or the Dunkirk office at 366-4623, or go to CASAC’s website, www.casacweb.org . Jamestown’s Office is 501 West Third Street, Suites 3 & 4 in Jamestown. Dunkirk’s Office is 324 Central Avenue, Suite 105 in Dunkirk.